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The Fall of Babylon

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    Mm,10.6

  • Title (object)

    • The Fall of Babylon
  • Description

    Panorama of a vast city with figures under attack and in despair; in left foreground Belshazzar is betrayed and murdered by his courtiers while the battle for the city rages below; the Tower of Babel struck by lightning in the centre background; proof before letters. 1831 Mezzotint with etching

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1831
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 464 millimetres
    • Width: 719 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    See A. Griffiths (ed.), 'Landmarks in Print Collecting, Connoisseurs and Donors at the British Museum since 1753', BM, 1996, cat. 60. It is based on a painting exhibited at the British Institution in 1819, and now in an Italian private collection.

    With no Mesopotamian archaeology or texts to work from, Martin turned to Egyptian and
    Indian architecture and to the descriptions of ancient Greek authors for his inspiration, as with the Hanging Gardens shown to the right of the scene.(Babylon Myth & Reality 2008, exhibition at British Museum)

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  • Bibliography

    • Campbell & Wees 1992 88 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (British XIXc Mounted Atlas)

  • Exhibition history

    1996 Apr-Jun, Houston, Museum of Fine Arts, Landmarks in Print Collecting
    1996 Jul-Sep, LA, Huntington Library and AG, Landmarks in Print Collecting
    1996, Oct-Dec, Baltimore, Museum of Arts, Landmarks in Print Collecting
    1997 Jan-Apr, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Landmarks in Print Collecting
    2002 Apr-Jun, Paris, Cité de la Musique, L'Invention du Sentiment
    2003/4 Sep-Jan, Tarragona, Sala Tarragona, Masters of Printmaking from BM
    2004 Feb-Apr, Palma, Fundacio 'la Caixa', Masters of Printmaking from BM
    2004 Apr-Jul, Lleida, Fundacio 'la Caixa', Masters of Printmaking from BM
    2008/9 Nov-Mar, BM, G35, Babylon: Myth and Truth

  • Associated places

  • Associated titles

    • Associated Title: Bible
  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1833

  • Acquisition notes

    William Smith, Keeper of Prints and Drawings, reported gift by the artist to the BM Trustees in January 1833 (Mm,8.1-Mm,10.6).

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    Mm,10.6

Panorama of a vast city with figures under attack and in despair; in l foreground a group of assassins around a falling man; proof before letters.  1831 Mezzotint with etching

Panorama of a vast city with figures under attack and in despair; in l foreground a group of assassins around a falling man; proof before letters. 1831 Mezzotint with etching

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